Don't be fooled by an e-mail promising you can earn $200 a week by simply driving your car while displaying a Better Business Bureau decal on it.
The subject line in the e-mail reads "Now Hiring!!!" and appears to have been sent from the address Better.Business.Bureau@gala.net, not an e-mail address affiliated with the real BBB, the organization warns.
The e-mail reads: "MAKE MONEY BY SIMPLY DRIVING YOUR CAR. ADVERTISER WANTED FOR Better Business Bureau. EARN NO LESS THAN $200 WEEKLY TO ADVERTISE ON YOUR CAR."
The e-mail also says the BBB will not only pay participants a $200-a-week "rental" payment to occupy the space on the car, but that it will also send them an upfront $400 money order. The e-mail explains the program will last three months and that one month is the minimum someone can participate.
To participate, recipients are asked to respond by sending their personal information -- name, address, phone number, e-mail address, age, occupation, make and year of their car.
The BBB says it does not send unsolicited e-mails requesting private information. The agency adds that scammers often pretend they're connected with a trustworthy agency or organization to appear as though they are credible.
"In a time when so many people are looking for jobs and legitimate ways to make money, this con seems especially cruel," the BBB warning reads.
The BBB says recipients of such e-mails should not click any links or open attachments.
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